Passengers use transit service

Passengers have been riding Summerland’s newly launched transit service.

Passengers have been riding Summerland’s newly launched transit service.

The bus service began in late October and offered free rides until the end of the year.

In January, the service had a total of 1,428 passengers, or an average of 65 every day it was in operation.

The service runs Monday to Friday during the day.

The busiest day was Jan. 15, with a total of 100 passengers.

Julie McGuire, climate action coordinator for the community, said people have been offering suggestions for future improvements to the service.

These include an earlier start to the daily service and more stops in Penticton.

At present, the first bus of the day leaves the Summerland Library at 7:15 a.m.

The city of Penticton recently passed a motion to create a transfer system between Penticton and Summerland for a one-year trial period.

Under the agreement, passengers from Summerland can get a transfer to connect to a Penticton bus.

A similar agreement was reached between Penticton and Naramata.